Rachel Fairburn: The People's Princess (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Rachel Fairburn: The People's Princess

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Honest and nuanced show about conflicted ideals

After blurting out something about Princess Diana in the aftermath of a humiliating bedroom incident with a disrespectful, much younger lover, northern comedian Rachel Fairburn wants to get her head around a few things. For example, she has conflicted feelings over 'top shagger' Lady Di (her death was a major life event for Fairburn, right up there with Robbie quitting Take That): coming from a trade unionist working-class family, she's definitely not a royalist. The Blur and Oasis fan is also unsure why she had a poster of war criminal Tony Blair on her wall growing up.

Fairburn's material is honest, nuanced and mostly very funny, although a few bits fall flat. She occasionally seems unnerved by loud laughers in the crowd, but that could be early festival nerves, plus she admits to having chips on her shoulder in a predominantly middle-class space. She's self-aware and not in a rush to conform to society's expectation of what a working-class person should do or think, never mind her boring brunch friends' constant insistence that she should get a boyfriend or have a baby. Fairburn has plenty to say, she's just figuring out how best to put it.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 25 Aug, 9.35pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Rachel Fairburn: The People's Princess

Live Nation Rachel’s been described by some losers as obnoxious, rude and contrary. However, she thinks she’s absolutely adorable and the natural choice for the dormant title of The People's Princess. ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). ★★★★ (Skinny). ★★★★ (One4Review.co.uk). Strong Language/Swearing Age category: 16+